It was an interesting 4 days filled with much to do as well as some unexpected circumstances! This is what our kitchen looked like when we walked in the door! We knew the old appliances would be gone - donated to a young couple who really needed an upgrade - but we didn't realize that even the kitchen sink was gone!
Friday we eagerly awaited the delivery of the new appliances. What we didn't expect was our contractor telling us to have them delivered to the garage and not removed from their boxes! Oh my - I was disappointed by this - I really wanted to caress and drool over these! So here is how they look lined up in our knotty pine garage - just waiting to be moved into the kitchen!
That same day about an hour later, FedEx pulled up with our butcher block counters! Ted, our builder, just happened to be home (he lives across the street) and saw the truck as well. It was a good thing, because not only was it a very long pallet, but it weighed 480 pounds and the driver said he wasn't allowed to put it inside. Well, as it turns out, Ted and the driver sort of know one another and the driver decided to help Ted drag the pallet into the garage - whew!
We couldn't wait to see how they look, so Ted opened up the smallest carton and brought the piece into the kitchen. My picture is a little blurry, but you get the idea. All of the drawer and cabinet pulls will be replaced with brushed nickel.
After that, Ted brought over his wife, Andrea, whom we had not yet met. When they walked in, I happened to notice that Ted had already installed our new light fixtures! Don't they look great? Two things I didn't get a chance to photograph were the new sink and fixtures - next trip they should be installed.
And here is a photo of the new door in the dining area! The old one looked just like the door on the right. Ted did a really nice job of staining the wood to match the existing mahogany! The light fixture you see just a bit of in the upper left corner is going to be replaced with an antique craftsman-era fixture that we were given.
Below is a before and after of the flooring in our lower level. The photo on the left is one box of wood placed over the old carpet. It took a little getting used to at first, but now that we've seen it in light at various times of day, we really like it! Of course it won't stand out so much after the room is filled with furniture! We went to a large furniture store in Oregon looking for a new bed frame, and found a gorgeous set of Lane furniture to put in here. This room is going to be our TV/family room. The fireplace (partially hidden behind the box) is wood burning - one of two in the house.
Here is Mr. Squash cleaning out the upstairs fireplace with our new "Ash Vac" given to us by his sister and brother-in-law for Christmas. What a handy tool - no mess, no fuss! Thanks again, Barbara and Bern, we really love it!
The weather was fantastic - warm and sunny, so Saturday afternoon, we drove up to Bennington Lake which is only a couple of miles outside of town. This is a picture of Oregon's Blue Mountains on the road up to the lake. The green areas are winter wheat. This is heavy farming country!
We parked the car next to an "alleuvial cliff" and noticed a bunch of holes in the side of the cliff. Wouldn't you know - there was a large owl in one of them! Click on the photo for a better look!
Here is how the lake looked. You can see some freshly plowed fields from the center to left. Lots of people were fishing as well as several Osprey who were also looking for a catch of the day!
Finally, here is a photo of one of our new maple trees! They both wintered well and are beginning to leaf out!